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CBS 19: Mural project seeking artists to highlight underrepresented voices and stories

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — A new outdoor mural project is currently accepting submissions from local artists.

The North Wall Mural Project is a collaboration between The McGuffey Art Center, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and the Charlottesville Mural Project.

The groups want the new mural to display voices and stories of black or indigenous artists, and are looking for a display that’s colorful, draws attention and makes an impact.

“One of our hopes is that it’s something that could create community engagement or thought, and has the potential to create dialogue that’s going to last beyond what the mural is itself,” said Sri Kodakalla, a renting member of the McGuffey Art Center.

The application can be found here

Renting members say no prior mural experience is required, but they’re asking for an artist resume, a sample of work, and a visual pitch describing the creative vision for the 4×96-foot space.

The winner will get all of their painting material costs covered, a stipend of $600, and high-quality photos of their work for their art portfolio. The mural will stay up for six months, when a new call for submission will take place.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 25.

Artists who live in Charlottesville and the neighboring counties in the Central Virginia area are eligible to apply.

Artists who have questions about the project can send an email to mcguffeyrei@gmail.com, directed toward Kodakalla or Brielle DuFlon.

If you’d like to support the project, you can do so through this GoFundMe link.